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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A Lake Ontario port city of 17,600, 3-plus hours east on I-90. The scoop: This college town has a bit in common with The Queen City ­­— lots of snow. Although it’s been roughed up somewhat over the decades, Oswego has interesting architecture scattered about the sprawling community, including the Norman-style public library and the Richardson-Bates House Mus…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

I know nothing about solo travel. OK, I take that back. I do know experience is the best teacher, and I have a long way to go. This became evident when I joined a Facebook group, The Solo Female Traveler Network, and my newsfeed ballooned with posts about places I’ve never been and, in some cases, places I’d never heard of. My solo travel has been totally domestic: r…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Something you learn pretty quickly on a two-day visit to Lake Placid: Two days isn’t nearly enough. From roadside barbecues to high-end cuisine, and campgrounds to 5-star hotels, there are plenty of places to eat and sleep. Plus, from teens skateboarding down Main Street to climbers heading up Whiteface Mountain, it’s hard to miss the fact that everybody’s on the move. …

Weather

The National Weather Service warned Monday night that a 15-mile wide nearly stationary band of intense lake effect snow was dumping up to 3 inches per hour on roads in southern Erie County as well as Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Livingston and Wyoming counties. At 10:40 p.m., winds were gusting as high as 35 mph, creating near whiteout conditions in the affected area, with …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The bows, ribbons, scissors and brightly colored paper sit on a little bedroom table waiting for the First Lady to continue wrapping her Christmas presents. It’s a sentimental peek into the holiday preparations of Eleanor Roosevelt at Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, about 5½ hours from Buffalo. FDR’s Georgian Colonial-style house is …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A five-hour drive northeast, including border-crossing at the scenic Thousand Islands. The scoop: Canada’s national capital has been a major commercial post since its founding as a fur-and-lumber town — the name Ottawa derives from an Algonquian word meaning “to trade.” These days shopping is still a draw, especially around the holidays. Even on snowy days, …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

As all the backcountry campers plodded past us, my husband and I should have known something was different in the Allegheny National Forest. I’d never seen as many trekkers loaded down with gear for multiple days in the woods. There we were, a pair of urban-dwelling tent-and-car campers not prepared for much more than a couple hours’ hike. And that was before we got lost a…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A former coal-mining borough of 4,600, about 5 hours to the southeast. The scoop: This vibrantly painted Victorian town attracts an eclectic vacation crowd of outdoor adventurists, history buffs, shoppers and sports enthusiasts drawn by its namesake’s tomb. Olympic legend and NFL founder Jim Thorpe was buried here, 1,300 miles from his native Oklahoma, becau…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

For a moment during his show near Carnegie Mellon University, comedian Trevor Noah got serious. "Pittsburgh," he said. "This place looks like a movie set!" He spoke directly to what I’d been thinking on my visit there: with its scenic yellow bridges leading to a revived downtown, and its stately old buildings growing new life, this fellow Rust Belt city is looking sharp…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: A community of 540, about 5.5 hours east on I-90. The scoop: If you like driving across New York State, you’ll never lack for small towns to explore. Over the last decade, this Greene County village has been focused on drawing tourists, even dubbing itself “The Painted Village in the Sky,” after a grant enabled an artist to change the face of downtown by pai…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: Historic town famous for its carbonated mineral springs and home to the oldest thoroughbred horse racing track in the United States. About 4 -1/2 hours east on I-90. The scoop: Each summer, the rich and famous gather in Saratoga Springs for six weeks of thoroughbred racing (this year: July 21 — Sept. 4). It’s the oldest “meet” in the country (including the K…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

An hour southeast of Buffalo along Highway 20A where Western New York’s flatlands yield to dramatic sweeps and valleys, you come to a building that’s stop-the-car handsome. Near Silver Lake in Perry, it’s gray stone with rustic board-and-batten siding and a long balcony near the top. The place looks like a chalet. Swap out the rolling Dansville Valley behind it for snowy m…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

If you love food — eating it, cooking it and tasting it, right where it’s grown — a trip to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, may be your perfect getaway. “The CIA is the Harvard of cooking schools,” explained Kenneth Jones, a student chef from East Aurora. It’s also a gastronomical mecca for people who love to dine and an outlet for hom…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Season after season, theater-goers make the trip up to the Stratford Festival in Ontario to get their dose of Shakespeare and other theatrical fare, but increasingly, food has been taking center stage. Our writer lifts the curtain on the local culinary scene in Stratford. The play’s the thing,” said Hamlet, who could have been speaking of Stratford, the city of 31,000 n…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

The locale: With about 650 year-round residents, it’s a little over two hours southeast of Buffalo. The scoop: Nicknamed the Wine Village and the Cradle of Aviation, Hammondsport makes many travelers’ bucket lists because it’s the personification of quaint, with an authentic village square and accommodations that make it the perfect home base for visiting scores of area…